Fourteen individuals will be honored during Montana State University’s homecoming festivities as this year’s recipients of the university’s Blue and Gold Award. A ceremony honoring the award winners will be held Friday, Oct. 11.

The Blue and Gold Award is one of the most prestigious awards that MSU grants. It honors individuals who have rendered great lifetime service or who have brought national or international distinction to MSU or the state of Montana.

To receive the award, candidates must have achieved prominence through service to one or more of the following: profession, family, country, world, university, philanthropy or humanity.

The 2019 Blue and Gold Award winners are:

David Cameron, Tanya Warner Cameron and Nancy Cameron Davidson

Nancy Cameron, along with her brother, David Cameron, and his wife, Tanya Warner Cameron, all from a homesteading family north of Great Falls, are longtime supporters of MSU. David Cameron is a retired MSU faculty member in biology and department head. He currently serves on the MSU Alumni Foundation Board of Governors, the Great Falls Bringing the U to You committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the McLaughlin Research. Tanya Warner Cameron, graduated from MSU in 1978 with a degree in business management. She currently serves on the Benefis Health System Board of Directors. David and Tanya Cameron established a scholarship in business, supported construction of the Animal Biosciences Building and funded STEM scholarships for students at Great Falls College MSU. Nancy Cameron graduated from MSU in 1954 with a degree in business. She established the Nancy Cameron Chair in Animal and Range Sciences as well as several scholarships for MSU students. Together, the Cameron family’s gift established the Cameron Presidential Scholarships, which is considered the single most transformative gift to the Honors College in its 54-year history.

Dan Barz

Barz is a 1964 MSU business graduate who spent his entire career with First Interstate Bank, eventually serving as president. He is known as a generous supporter of MSU, especially of MSU Athletics. Barz is president of the statewide Bobcat Club Board, and he previously served as chair of the Polson-area Bobcat Club Chapter. Barz has also served on numerous Montana- and Billings-area boards, including Yellowstone County United Way, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board and Montana Ducks Unlimited, for which he served as chair. Barz also was a former chair of the MSU Foundation Board, serving on the board from 1988-2007, was on the board of directors of ATI and was chairman of the Johnson Family Foundation.

David Kem

Kem is a 1967 MSU graduate in civil engineering who also received an honorary doctorate from MSU in 2000. He retired as president of Conoco’s European refining and marketing operations. He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. His philanthropy includes the Florence Kem scholarship at MSU Billings, and, at MSU, the Dave Kem scholarship and the David Kem and Judith Raines Presidential Award for Emerging Scholars, as well as generous unrestricted donations to the College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Fund, the EPS Building, graduate education and the Houston-area Alumni Chapter Legacy Scholarship. Kem served on the MSU Foundation Board, the Board of Governors and is a founding member of the Houston-area chapter.

Carol Rutlen Ezrati

Ezrati is a 1975 MSU graduate in business. She retired as managing partner of Rutlen Associates LLC. Previously she was a partner-in-charge at Palo Alto PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was the global leader of a practice unit specializing in issues associated with designing, implementing and administering global stock plans. Ezrati worked to recruit MSU students to PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has been a member of American Institute of CPAs, California Society of CPAs, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, Global Equity Organization and the Western International Personnel Association. Ezrati currently serves on the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship Accounting Advisory Council.

Franklin Schurz, Jr.

A retired executive, Schurz now lives in the Bozeman area. He graduated from Harvard University in 1952 and is a veteran of the Korean War. For 24 years, he served as the CEO of Schurz Communications, a family business in South Bend, Indiana, where he worked for 50 years. The company publishes 13 daily newspapers and has 13 radio stations, five television subsidiaries, two cable companies and a printing company. Schurz gave $1.2 million to MSU to create an endowment to support three Native American students in the accelerated nursing program and $500,000 to support the American Indian Hall.

Gordon “Corky” Brittan

Brittan is Regents Professor Emeritus of Philosophy who served in the MSU Department of History and Philosophy from 1973-2008. He was the first Regents Professor to be named by the Montana Board of Regents, named in 1985. He also worked closely with MSU President Michael Malone to establish the Burton K. Wheeler Center, serving as its director from 1991-2008. Brittan established the Wallace Stegner Endowed Chair of Western Studies. He is known as a generous donor to MSU, the College of Letters and Science and the Stegner Chair.

Ivan and Carol Doig

The renowned author Ivan Doig, who died in 2015, was a Montana native who set the majority of his 16 books in the Big Sky State. He won numerous awards for his writing, including the Wallace Stegner Award in 2007. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, received the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and earned many other honors. His books are still found on bestseller lists. Ivan Doig received an honorary doctorate from MSU in 1984. After he died, Carol Doig, his wife of 50 years, donated his extensive collection of writing, notes, manuscripts, photographs and recordings to MSU Library’s Special Collections. As part of the agreement, the entire collection was digitized, making it available to people across the globe. Carol Doig has also provided support for the creation of an Ivan Doig Postdoctoral Fellowship with the MSU Library and the Doig collection and Western Literature Special Collections at the MSU Library. She also made a generous commitment to name the Ivan Doig Center for the Study of the Lands and Peoples of the North American West.

Jack Hyyppa

Hyyppa graduated from MSU in 1969. He returned to the university in 1973 to join the faculty of the Film and Television Department, where he taught television and film production. He brought KUSM-TV, Montana’s first public TV station, on the air and served as manager for 22 years. Hyyppa worked to raise support from the community, university and legislature for the station, and it grew under his leadership. Hyyppa also was instrumental in establishing a partnership between MSU and the University of Montana, which allowed over-the-air public television to expand throughout the state. Today, MontanaPBS provides free television to more than 400 Montana communities and reaches more than 80% of the state. Colleagues say Hyyppa’s career established him as the father of public television in Montana, a dedicated educator and a true Montanan to the core.

Jack Stonnell

Stonnell joined the faculty of Montana State College in 1957, where he served as a professor of film and photography for 34 years until his retirement. He also served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Stonnell co-founded the Film and Television Department at MSU (now the School of Film and Photography), where he helped to develop the curriculum in film and television and taught most of the cinema courses during his early professorship. Many of his graduates were employed in the Hollywood film industry, and some have won Oscars for their work. Stonnell also served as an adviser to Native American students at MSU. He received four Golden Eagle Awards for his productions of “Vision Quest,” “Crown of the Continent,” “Geology of Yellowstone” and “Legendary Mountain.” The awards are given by the Council on International Non-Theatrical Events and are considered to be the equivalent of an Oscar for non-theatrical films. Stonnell died in 2019.

Kent Norby and Lois (Fulker) Norby

Kent Norby is a 1964 MSU graduate in agriculture business and economics. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving as a procurement officer in Texas and as a production officer in California. He was discharged as a captain. He worked at Cargill, Inc. for 32 years, where, among other positions, he served as vice president for human resources and worked to build the MSU relationship with Cargill and a recruiting program for MSU graduates. Norby served on the Advisory Board for the MSU Leadership Institute and initiated a leadership certification course for students.

Lois Norby is a 1965 MSU graduate in home economics. She worked in the public school system as a community involvement coordinator, served as chair of the MSU Alumni Association Board and was on the committee that led the efforts in merging the Alumni Association with the MSU Foundation. After the merger, she served on the MSU Alumni Foundation Board of Governors, the Alumni Relations Advisory Board and the Donor Relations Advisory Board. Lois Norby also was instrumental in creating the Alumni Legacy Lounge in the Student Union Building, as well as the Alumni Plaza and bronze Spirit statue. Both Kent and Lois Norby have a long-standing history of service with MSU through event attendance and volunteerism. Among other efforts, they host an annual send-off party for incoming MSU students and their parents in the Minneapolis area. They have financially supported a number of scholarships, facilities and special projects at MSU, including Herrick Hall, American Indian Hall, the Norby Alumni Scholarship, College of Agriculture, College of Education, Health and Human Development, Rodeo Scholarship Endowment and the Stadium End Zone Project.